The connectors on your new microwave resonators can cost a lot of money. Therefore, you need to treat them with respect. Read on to learn how to treat your connectors to give them a long and productive life.
Use a Wrench
Never use pliers on a connector. There are wrenches for every size adapter. You are going to want a torque wrench. For most connectors, you are going to like about 6-8 pounds of assistance. It’s okay to use a little less, but not more. If you can’t find a wrench for your connector, it is time to seek help. This isn’t something that you want to mess with.
Keep your connectors clean with alcohol and cotton swabs. You should clean the threads on the sides regularly but always avoid the center conductor.
Learning how to look at them and tell if they are out of spec is going to save you a lot of hassle. Just one faulty connector can damage all the rest of the ones in your system.
Use the Right Frequency
Never use a higher frequency than you need. Save the specialty parts for the millimeter waves. This can help minimize the loss coming from your resonator.
Don’t Mix Parts
Don’t use the parts from your calibration kit as an adapter. This is just a bad idea. If you need a special adapter, buy or borrow it from somewhere else.
Use Common Sense
Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey, applies with connectors. A lot of people turn something the wrong way and wind up damaging their connectors.
Your connector is an expensive piece of equipment that needs to be kept in tip-top shape. Remember to protect your equipment so that you don’t wind up trashing the connector and having to send it in for an expensive repair.